Assistance Program

As the agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that administers benefits, the Board of Pensions is keenly aware of unmet financial needs. The Assistance Program embodies our connectional Church at its best through need-based grants that are supported by the donations of generous individuals.

Receive a grant

Need-based grants are available to members, ministers, retirees, and surviving spouses who qualify. We encourage all Benefits Plan members to review eligibility requirements and apply.

Give to those in need

You can help provide critical financial assistance to those in need by donating to the Assistance Program in a variety of ways, including a one-time gift, annual gifts, legacies, and endowments.

Give to the Assistance Program

2023 assistance by the numbers

The Assistance Program is supported through generous donations, including one-half of the Christmas Joy Offering. Fully 100% of each gift received supports the program.

Last year, the Assistance Program distributed 1,502 grants for a total of approximately $7.6 million in funds.

Assisting ministers and members

After experiencing symptoms of burnout, the Reverend Dr. T. Janel Dixon was able to take her first sabbatical in more than 20 years of ministry with the help of a Sabbath Sabbatical Support grant from the Board of Pensions — an experience that renewed her ministry and reconnected her with God.